Safety Tips for At-Home Fireworks

Fireworks are now legal to set off in Ohio on specific holidays, including Memorial Day and July 4th. It remains illegal to set off fireworks on public property or private school property. For the full list of holidays and more details, download this Ohio Department of Commerce PDF.

Jerry’s Fireworks Factory also recognizes the importance of fireworks education. You can find educational materials such as curriculum kits, coloring sheets and video vignettes at Celebrate Safely.

Jerry’s Fireworks Factory is providing these key tips for at-home firework displays to ensure that you can celebrate safely, with a BANG!

Safety Tips

·  Stay a safe distance away from spectators when shooting off fireworks, as they can backfire or shoot off in the wrong direction.
·  Never relight a “dud” firework. Wait 20 minutes and then soak it in a bucket of water.
·  A responsible adult should supervise all firework activities. Never give fireworks to children.
·  Dispose of spent fireworks by wetting them down and place in a metal trash can, away from any building or combustible materials until the next day.
·  The best place to use fireworks is on flat, level surfaces that are outside and free from debris. Avoid dry grass.
·  Sparklers should not be used by children under the age of 12 unless under close adult supervision.

Fun Facts

·  The craft of making and setting of fireworks is called pyrotechnics, from the Greek pyro, “fire,” + techne, “art.”
·  The patterns of fireworks depend on how the stars are arranged inside the shell. That is why fireworks sometimes look like smiley faces.
·  A firework’s boom is a shockwave caused by a quick release of energy that allows the air to expand faster than the speed of sound.
·  The world’s first hand-held firework, or sparkler, was created 1,300 years ago.

Jerry’s Fireworks Factory retail store offers hundreds of firework products in their 4,000 square-foot warehouse retail location at 2240 Horns Mill Road, Lancaster – just off of the Rt. 33 bypass (Tarkiln Road exit). For more great safety tips, discounts and information, visit Jerry’s Facebook page, call (740) 654-BOOM or visit Jerry’s website!

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Madison Haynes, community contributor to The Lancaster Herald

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Madison Haynes is an Account Manager with Krile Communications. A passionate storyteller with a love for the community, she is a proud Ohio University alum and is committed to creating successful messaging for brands through authenticity.